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VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT
Brooke Younger
Brooke has a passion for helping others. She enjoys interacting with people and helping them in any way she can. When she is volunteering in the Ronald McDonald Family Room she is a calming presence to all of the families.
Brooke has been volunteering in the Ronald McDonald Family Room for over three years. She started volunteering when she was a freshman at the University of Florida. She heard about the Ronald McDonald House Charities when she was in high school and wanted to become more involved. She said, “I respect what the Ronald McDonald House Charities does and I believe it does such great work. I think the organization is a great charity.”
By Brooke’s sophomore year of college, she had already taken on many more responsibilities as a Family Room volunteer. In addition to serving guests in the Family Room, she also took on more of a management role. She is now responsible for scheduling volunteers’ shifts and  keeping track of supplies and resources in the Family Room. She said that she has really enjoyed developing and improving her management skills.
Brooke’s favorite part about volunteering in the Ronald McDonald Family Room is being able to get to know our families and spend time with them. She said, “I love talking to all of the families. I have met the sweetest, most gracious, and most appreciative people while volunteering here.”
Watch your children’s eyes sparkle as they have the opportunity to meet Santa! This year’s event will be held in partnership with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida at the newly constructed Butler Town Center (adjacent to Whole Foods). 

The event will begin at 2:30 pm and Santa arrives at 3:00 pm. The evening culminates at 6:00 pm with a special presentation from the Ronald McDonald House and the lighting of our Butler Town Center holiday tree!
Wish List
Every small comfort makes our House more nurturing for our families. We are currently in need of:
 
House
  • New teddy bears (we place a teddy bear on every bed to welcome our families)
  • K-Cups
  • Dish towels
The Family Room
  • Chips, popcorn, and pretzels (individual servings)
  • Fruit cups
Target Registry
Click here to view our registry or search the online Target Registry with ID: 022399128277138.

For more information about our wish list, please contact Sherry Houston at shouston@rmhcncf.org or (352) 374-4404 ext. 230.
Come join the Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida for our annual Build a House for the House event at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center on Friday, December 14th starting at 11:30AM. Guests will have the opportunity to get into the holiday spirit by decorating a gingerbread house. Participants can choose to either build a gingerbread house village with their table of eight or compete as individuals. Guests also have the option to bring their own supplies to help them put their own unique twist on their creations. Our three celebrity judges are Chef Bert Gill, Yeni Monroy, and Chef Jaz Moore. New, fun, and creative judging categories have been added this year. 
Thank you to our sponsors for believing in our mission and going above and beyond for the House. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for this event, please review and complete our sponsorship form.
Become a Sponsor
Lion’s Share Challenge
Alpha Delta Pi at the University of Florida hosted its 37th annual basketball tournament, Lion’s Share Challenge, where all the proceeds from the event are donated back to the Ronald McDonald House. This year’s Lion’s Share Challenge was a huge success thanks to the hard work and dedication of the members of Alpha Delta Pi. Alpha Delta Pi set a goal to raise $20,000 at this year’s Lion Share Challenge. They were able to surpass their goal and fundraise $24,981 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida!
We are so grateful for the women of Alpha Delta Pi and we are so thankful for their continuous generosity and kindness. Alpha Delta Pi’s Philanthropy Director, Meg Schloss, said “"In my years in Alpha Delta Pi, I have felt and experienced a relationship with the Ronald McDonald House that has always been strong. But this year, I feel as if it electrified. We engage with all aspects of the families, who are residing so close to us, yet facing another world of obstacles. I attest with a smile how my ADPi friends bring a light to the house: through cooking meals in the kitchen, to interning in the back office, volunteering at their local partnership projects, and inviting sick families over to our own ADPi home for dinner time. Not to mention, planning our own silent disco and basketball fundraising events. It is refreshing to see all of the girls come together for this cause; but even more uplifting and encouraging to see how appreciative and grateful the families at the House are for our youthful energy and passion that streams from our hearts. I can’t wait to see the legacy that the girls continue to sculpt as the years go by!"
Thank you for supporting our house!
At RMH, we believe that when a child is hospitalized, the love and support of family is as powerful as the strongest medicine prescribed. It is because of friends like you that we can keep families close to each other and the care they need, when they need it.

To support our House and keep families close, visit our website. We greatly appreciate your contribution to our Home. 
With gratitude,

Sherry Houston
Executive Director
Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida






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